Ralston, NE Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Ralston, Nebraska - Basic Facts

The City of Ralston had a population of 6,374 as of July 1, 2017. Ralston ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Nebraska. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Ralston is located at latitude 41.2 and longitude -96.0378 in Douglas County. The formal boundaries for the City of Ralston (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.65 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Douglas County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,145 feet.

The City of Ralston (GNIS ID: 2396309) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Ralston is located within Douglas Election Precinct, a minor civil division (MCD) of Douglas County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Ralston population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Ralston, NE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 6,374
Daytime Population: Workers 2,817
Daytime Population: Residents 2,776
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 5,593
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.88
Population in Households 6,374
Population in Familes 4,836
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 3,870
Diversity Index3 40


Median Household Income $54,435
Average Household Income $68,200
Per Capita Income $29,796


Total Housing Units 2,963 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,773 (59.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,011 (34.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 180 ( 6.1%)
Median Home Value $134,700
Average Home Value $142,978


Total Households 2,783
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 1,639
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.97% 1.04%
Households 1.04% 1.07%
Families 0.68% 0.83%
Median Household Income   2.22%
Per Capita Income   2.79%

Ralston, NE - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ralston to the other 580 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Nebraska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 28 95th
Population Density # 3 100th
Diversity Index # 47 92nd
Median Household Income # 214 63rd
Per Capita Income # 204 65th

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